The definition of subjective is something that is based on personal opinion.
An example of subjective is someone believing purple is the best color.
- of, affected by, or produced by the mind or a particular state of mind; of or resulting from the feelings or temperament of the subject, or person thinking; not objective; personal: a subjective judgment
- determined by and emphasizing the ideas, thoughts, feelings, etc. of the artist or writer, not just rigidly transcribing or reflecting reality
- Gram. nominative
- Philos. of or having to do with the perception or conception of a thing by the mind as opposed to its reality independent of the mind
- Med. designating or of a symptom or condition perceptible only to the patient
- existing or originating within the observer's mind or sense organs and, hence, incapable of being checked externally or verified by other persons
Origin of subjectiveMiddle English from Late Latin subjectivus, of the subject from subjectus: see subject
- a. Dependent on or taking place in a person's mind rather than the external world: “The sensation of pain is a highly subjective experience that varies by culture as well as by individual temperament and situation” ( John Hoberman )b. Based on a given person's experience, understanding, and feelings; personal or individual: admitted he was making a highly subjective judgment.
- Psychology Not caused by external stimuli.
- Medicine Of, relating to, or designating a symptom or complaint perceived by a patient.
- Expressing or bringing into prominence the individuality of the artist or author.
- Grammar Relating to or being the nominative case.
- Relating to the real nature of something; essential.
- sub·jec′tive·ness sub′jec·tiv′i·ty
(comparative more subjective, superlative most subjective)
- Pertaining to subjects as opposed to objects (A subject is one who perceives or is aware; an object is the thing perceived or the thing that the subject is aware of.)
- Formed, as in opinions, based upon a person's feelings or intuition, not upon observation or reasoning; coming more from within the observer than from observations of the external environment.
- Resulting from or pertaining to personal mindsets or experience, arising from perceptive mental conditions within the brain and not necessarily or directly from external stimuli.
- Lacking in reality or substance.
- As used by Carl Jung, the innate worldview orientation of the introverted personality types.
- (philosophy, psychology) Experienced by a person mentally and not directly verifiable by others.